sparqs' News - 2021

sparqs' team news 04 Mar 2021

An update on some recent and forthcoming staff team news.... At the end of February we were very sad to say farewell to two member of our staff team, Hannah Clarke and Denise McCaig.  Hannah has been with sparqs since June 2014… Read More

Your case studies for our major report celebrating partnership during the pandemic 04 Mar 2021

What successful partnership have you and colleagues developed during the COVID-19 pandemic? sparqs is planning a report to highlight and celebrate the successes of engagement and partnership across Scotland in this challenging academic year. We are seeking your examples for this… Read More

Updated education officer induction resource for colleges and their students’ associations 04 Mar 2021

Our guide to developing an education officer induction in colleges has been updated for the 2020-21 year and aims to provide support for the effective engagement of the students’ association education officer, Vice-President (Education) or equivalent. It is specific to colleges,… Read More

SESN on 9th March 2021 is still open to book! 04 Mar 2021

Our Student Engagement Staff Network will have its next meeting on Tuesday 9th March from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  There's still time to book if you're planning to attend.  The network is aimed at staff in universities and colleges with student engagement and academic representation development roles. The… Read More

March's NEON meeting is open to book! 04 Mar 2021

Bookings are now open for the next meeting of our National Education Officers' Network (NEON) on Thursday 18th March 2021, from 10.00am until 1.00pm. NEON is designed to be a space for officers to network and work on issues together in… Read More

Sharing your practice in student engagement 04 Mar 2021

At a time of uncertainty and change, it is ever more important that the wonderful student engagement work that institutions and students’ associations are doing can be celebrated and shared around the sector. So this article is a guide to… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON... New College Lanarkshire's review of their course rep and feedback systems 04 Mar 2021

New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association has been reviewing how effective their course rep system is at allowing students to get involved in qualitative feedback processes and have their voices heard. Read on to find out more about their work… After discovering… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Kevin Sinclair 04 Mar 2021

In this interview, we talk to Kevin Sinclair, Student Engagement Manager at the University of the Highlands and Islands. His role involves activities related to engagement, student development and widening access. Prior to joining the university, he had a number… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON... UHI's COVID-19 Student Panel 03 Feb 2021

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features a new initiative from the University of the Highlands and Islands that aims to gain feedback on key changes that arise from the adjustments made during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognising that various changes and interventions would be… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Ruth Ní Bheoláin 03 Feb 2021

In this interview, we talk to Ruth Ní Bheoláin, Quality Assurance Officer at Hibernia College in Dublin, Ireland. Ruth is an experienced Quality Assurance and Enhancement professional with broad experience in higher education. She chairs the Higher Education Colleges Association’s Academic… Read More

SESN on 9th February is still open to book! 03 Feb 2021

A reminder that our Student Engagement Staff Network meeting on Tuesday 9th February 2021 (from 10.00am until 1.00pm) is still open to book!  Following consultation with network members, this meeting will be the first in our new format of monthly, half-day events. The network is… Read More

Briefing note to institutions to support student engagement in the SFC Review 03 Feb 2021

In December 2020, sparqs published a briefing note to all student officers to support ongoing engagement of students in the shaping and influencing of the SFC Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability. To complement this, we have developed, in partnership… Read More

Student Partnership Agreements during COVID-19 03 Feb 2021

We are pleased to publish a new COVID-19 SPA briefing note on how Student Partnership Agreements (SPAs) can be developed and considered during the current pandemic. Partnership practice has never been more important given the critical role of students in identifying… Read More

Our SESN meeting on 9th February 2021 is open to book! 11 Jan 2021

Our Student Engagement Staff Network will have its first meeting of 2021 on Tuesday 9th February from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  Following consultation with network members, this meeting will be the first in our new format of monthly, half-day events. The network is aimed at staff… Read More

Our national events on the impact of COVID on the SLE are open to book! 11 Jan 2021

We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our series of 5 national events to gather the views of 5 student cohorts on the impact of COVID on their Student Learning Experience. Taking place in late January and… Read More

Happy New Year from the sparqs team! 11 Jan 2021

Happy new year from the sparqs team! We look forward to working with you all again during what will most certainly be a busy 2021!  As a sector, we have much to be proud of in terms of our response to… Read More

NEON on 21st January is still open to book! 11 Jan 2021

A reminder that bookings are still open for the next meeting of our National Education Officers' Network (NEON) on Thursday 21st January 2021, from 10.00am until 12.45pm. NEON is designed to be a space for officers to network and work on issues together… Read More

Briefing note to support student engagement in the SFC Review 11 Jan 2021

In case anyone missed this just before the break.... to support the ongoing engagement of student officers in the shaping and influencing of the Scottish Funding Council's Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability, we have produced a short briefing note for all officers.… Read More

A recap of our COVID-related resources so far 11 Jan 2021

As the new year begins, an opportunity to recap on our resources developed so far in response to the challenges of the pandemic.  Some of the older ones may not be so relevant at this point in the academic year,… Read More

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Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

15 Apr 2021

Our Student Engagement Staff Network continues its series of monthly, half-day events. Our agenda is still in development, and…

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National Education Officers’ Network meeting

18 Mar 2021

Join us for the next sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) meeting on Thursday 18th March.  NEON was set…

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